Trail Blazers Founder Harry Glickman Honored As Oregon History Maker
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Harry Glickman has changed the city of Portland. There’s no two ways around it. Lovingly referred to as “The Father of Oregon Professional Sports,” Glickman is the mastermind behind bringing our beloved Portland Trail Blazers to the Rose City and giving Oregonians across the state a common team to root for. As such an influential part of Oregon’s athletic history, a fitting honor was bestowed upon Glickman when he was honored by the Oregon Historical Society at the 2012 Oregon History Makers Dinner.
The roll call of those in attendance to help Glickman celebrate was extensive and included famed Trail Blazers broadcaster and close friend Bill Schonely as well as members of another franchise Glickman holds near to his heart, the Portland Buckaroos of the Pacific Coast Hockey League.
Schonely eloquently recited the story of Glickman’s efforts to bring Portland’s first and only NBA franchise to town.
“Of course Harry, when he put the Portland Trail Blazers together, had to talk a lot of people to get involved with him,” Schonely said. “The early owners of the Portland Trail Blazers had really no idea how that team was going to take off. But very shortly after that first game, which was a preseason game up in Longview, Washington, the Blazers lost that game by the way by one point, but that didn’t make any difference. Once the season began at old Memorial Coliseum on the Willamette there, the crowds were small, but as each game when by and the first couple of three years the crowds got better and better and it took that franchise, guided by Harry Glickman, just seven years to win the World Championship.”
Glickman’s everlasting drive for success led him to the podium to be honored as a History Maker—a moment he places second to only one other, being enshrined in the International Jewish Hall of Fame. Two exclusive honors for one influential sportsman.
“I hope that whoever is up here in the future feels as deeply honored as I do tonight, I wish I could be more eloquent in expressing my appreciation to the committee that made it possible,” Glickman said.
“Oh and I hope whoever is up here in the future will find room for the guy who leads the Blazers to another Championship.”